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Course SummaryLet us help you prepare for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Writing subtest with this informative test preparation course. Our fun video and text lessons comprise essay structure, grammar and other topics you could encounter on exam day.
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About This Course
This course uses a combination of engaging video lessons and interactive quizzes to get you ready for the NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest II in Writing. As you work through the course, you'll brush up on topics you may not have covered lately or fill in any knowledge gaps with these brief but comprehensive lessons. To become fully prepared for this teacher certification exam, simply watch our fun video lessons and take the accompanying chapter exams. You can even submit questions to our experts if you need help with the material.
This course was last updated in 2019.
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Syllabus & Course Information
This course helps you strengthen the writing skills you'll need for this particular NES Essential Academic Skills subtest. You'll get practice with interpreting the meaning of written passages and identifying sentence/grammar errors. When you're finished with the course, you should be equipped to:
- Understand capitalization and punctuation rules
- Name the different parts of speech
- Identify determiners and modifiers
- Outline sentence types, structures and elements
- Recognize common grammatical errors
- Use figurative language
- Differentiate between passive and active voice
- Identify word meanings through context
- Organize and structure writing
- Adapt your writing style to reach an audience
In this course, you'll study 145 lessons that are divided into 21 chapters. The course is entirely self-paced, and you can work through the material at any time that fits your schedule. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you reinforce your understanding of fundamental writing concepts.
NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing Exam Information
The NES Essential Academic Skills Writing exam is part of the certification process for public educators in many states, including Arizona, New Mexico and Oregon.
- Number of Questions: 37
- Question Type: Multiple-choice and writing
- Time Limit: 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Exam Cost: $50 for Subtest II
NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing Breakdown
|NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing Concept||Percent of the NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Writing multiple-choice section||75%||36||109|
NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing Preparation & Registration
This study guide is designed to help you prepare for the NES Writing exam. The brief video lessons will get you up to speed on essential writing topics like Standard English usage, sentence structure and essay organization. Use the practice quizzes and chapter exam to test your knowledge and get an idea of the types of questions you can expect on the NES exam.
Registration for the NES Writing exam takes place online. You should try to sign up as early as possible as testing appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first served basis. When you register, you'll choose a preferred testing location and the institution(s) that should receive a copy of your score. After registration, you'll receive confirmation information with your test date, time and location. Make sure to bring a photo ID with you on testing day.
Scoring the NES Essential Academic Skills Writing Exam
The national benchmark score for the NES Writing test is 220, however your state or institution may have a different requirement. Score reports are released within four weeks of your test date.
Writing Multiple-Choice Section
Number of questions: 36 (75% of total score)
Time to complete: One hour and 15 minutes (total exam time)
Exam topics covered: Purpose, audience, development and organization in writing; issues in sentence formation and conventions of Standard Written English.
What you'll study: This course covers topics such as parts of speech, sentence elements, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, figurative language, active and passive voice, word meanings, and writing strategies and style.
Number of questions: 1 (25% of total score)
Time to complete: One hour and 15 minutes (total exam time)
Exam topics covered: Compose a response to an assignment that exhibits appropriate style and language, develops a thesis statement with relevant supporting details, uses a logical organizational structure, employs effective word choice and uses correct grammar, capitalization and spelling.
What you'll study: All of the lessons in this chapter will improve your overall writing skills and be of use in this assignment. Lessons that may be particularly helpful include those on organizing your writing, strategies for approaching a particular audience and developing a main idea, structuring an essay and improving writing style.
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